Bishop Larry Duffy congratulates Bishop John McDowell on his election as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland


Bishop Larry Duffy with Bishop John McDowell at the Ecumenical Prayer Service for Pentecost.

'On my own behalf and on behalf of the entire Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Clogher, I warmly congratulate Bishop John McDowell on his election today by the Church of Ireland House of Bishops to be the next Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland,' said Bishop Larry Duffy.

'Since my appointment as Bishop of Clogher I have been privileged to work with Bishop John, as fellow Christians and as leaders of our respective Church communities. Since 2011 Bishop John has given outstanding witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his leadership. His authentic outreach, friendship and solidarity, all of this has been of great benefit to the communities we serve on both sides of the border over recent times.

'In addition, through my role as Chair of the Council for Ecumenism of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, I have had much contact with Bishop John through his work with the Irish Inter-Church Meeting, of which he was chair for many years. I know that he will bring the same spirit of Christian love, dedication and outreach as the leader of the Church of Ireland throughout our island.

'I assure Bishop John of our prayers and continued friendship and support into the future,' he added.